I’ve often referred to diabetes as an “epidemic.” The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention’s (CDC) official definition of an epidemic is:
“The occurrence of more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time.”
If you think about it for a minute, that sentence fits diabetes like a glove. I guess one could dispute the “more cases of a disease than expected” part, but on the other hand, the amount of new cases of diabetes is staggering, and certainly could be viewed as “more than expected.”
The bottom line is that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease. And, it’s one that can be avoided if a person is willing to eat properly and exercise vigorously throughout the course of their entire life. Am I excluding the genetic aspect? Certainly not. I’m well aware that genetics plays a role in whether or not a person develops diabetes. I’m simply saying that you shouldn’t help it along by adding obesity and inactivity to the mix.
The following infographic displays some very eye opening statistics about diabetes. You’ll see that diabetes is a major health issue in modern society. The way we eat has to change if we are to begin reducing instances of the disease. I’m scared to say that our food is indeed killing us, folks.
The Truth Behind Diabetes
Let’s explore some of these statistics a bit further.
1. 285 Million people have diabetes worldwide
This is a staggering statistic. The population of the entire world is roughly 7.3 billion. That means that approximately 4% of the world’s population has diabetes. That calculation blew me away so hard I had to do it three times to make sure it was right.
2. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in The United States
That’s something I bet you didn’t know. This is extremely frightening because kidney failure is very serious and can even result in death. If this happens and you are diabetic, there are not many options available to you. You would most likely have to endure long and frequent dialysis while you wait for a transplant. If you are a good candidate for a transplant, you could wait years.
Watch the video below to learn more about how diabetes causes kidney failure.
3. Only 16% of US adults manage their diabetes without medication
Come on folks! What happened to “no pain, no gain?” I have a good idea why this number is so low, but I don’t want to get off track and start talking about conspiracy theories! Seriously, though, when someone is diagnosed with diabetes I bet one of the very first things they hear is “you don’t have to give up your favorite foods!” Well to that I say BALONEY! If your favorite food is chocolate cake, you better believe that it’s time to give that up!
4. India has the largest population of people living with diabetes in the world
I don’t know a whole lot about Indian cuisine. While deployed to Kuwait in 2003, I became friendly with a woman from India, and she used to cook for me all the time. I didn’t always know what I was eating, but I know it was always delicious. Another thing I remember about it, too, is that it almost always had rice in it. If Indian cuisine is really rich in carbs then it would explain the high number of diabetics. Also, the population of India is approximately 1.2 billion, so the fact that it’s one of the largest countries in the world inevtiably means there will be more of all diseases, I would think.
Check out this video below. It discusses the high instance of diabetes in India.
5. Diabetes kills more people in the US than breast cancer and AIDS combined
Yeah, this is a big one. You wouldn’t think this would be the case. I think the hardest part of this pill to swallow is that diabetes is largely preventable. One could make the case that AIDS can result from lifestyle choices and that’s certainly true. However, I don’t think there is much that can be done to deter cases of breast cancer. That’s probably the least controllable of the three diseases.
I’d like to end this post on a helpful note and that’s why I’m posting the following video below. It’s got some great tips on how to control your blood sugar.